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From 2 critic and 6 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Edgy, Resonant, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the show

New Stage Theatre Company presents the world premiere of this politically charged multi-media piece inspired by Charles L. Mee's play 'The Rules.' More…

Ildiko Nemeth’s 'Rules' is an of-the-moment performance piece channeling the anxiety of our time. Faithful to Mee’s collage-like approach to drama, it brings together voices of the marginalized, objectified, and simply horrified to question what rules inform our reality. Who is writing them? What does it mean to fight for cohesion or unity?

Stage Buddy

"While Mee’s original text questions the so-called guidelines we humans invent in order to elude bigger existential woes, Nemeth takes this exploration in an exciting new direction...The beauty of this adaptation lies in its balance between harrowing truth moments and fierce tenderness. The ensemble delivers a cynical smirk, followed by a real plea for complicated, serious human connection...Prepare to feel confused, curious, and utterly understood." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“Ildiko Nemeth's version hauntingly places a native woman on stage at the very beginning of the evening…I can’t say that much of the rest of the play moved me in a similar way. The trick of Mee’s collages is to stay universal without becoming unplayable…I wanted the play to get dirtier, tearing us from this gallery space into the cruel realities of our work ahead. ‘Rules’ doesn’t deliver here and remains a shiny, pleasant version of what could really cut into the viciousness of our time.” Full Review

Ambitious, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you like experimental theater. Well crafted.

Don't see it if you look for a linear story.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you like political plays

Don't see it if you don't like political plays

Non existent, Poorly organized

See it if You want to (theoretically) see a show in an uptown youth hostel, where you may be directed to a meeting room and just left.

Don't see it if I left after 30 minutes of sitting in the meeting room. I can't comment on the show because I didn't see it.

Also I love Charles Mee and was excited to see this. Not impressed that the... Read more Read less

Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if If experimental theatre is your thing; if you are into actors who do very long monologues; if you like plays with anarchistic-type of vibes.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of plays with a Big-Brother-Is-Watching/Too-Many-Rules vibe. If you're not a fan of politically-charged multi-media plays.

Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like experimental politcal pieces that question the way we live today.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that don't intellectually challenge you

Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you like theater that is edgy and risk taker.

Don't see it if you don't like edgy theater.

Cast & Creatives (19)